Mrs. Rachel Pless, 78

Our great loss is Heaven’s gain as Rachel Pless departed here for her Heavenly home on Friday, June 14, 2019 after a brief illness. As that moment came, she was surrounded by her loving family and under the tender care of the folks at Ronnie Green Heart Center.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019 in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with Rev. Dwayne Ryals and Rev. Kyle Savage officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, June 16, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Rachel was born in Jackson County, Georgia on March 9, 1941, a few minutes before her twin sister Ruth, to the late Ira Harrison and Mozelle Hartley Harrison. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Forrest Pless, a brother Myron Harrison, and sisters Iris Lee Kytle, Evelyn Cain and Rhuna Cain Ravan all of Gainesville.

Rachel graduated from North Hall High School in 1959, then received a degree in Cosmetology from North GA Technical School in Clarkesville, but actually made a career of caring for her family and everyone else fortunate enough to know her.  She is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

Rachel is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jerry Pless; daughter, Damita Hamilton (Bobby); grandchildren, Olivia Pless, Caleb Hamilton, Tiffany Hamilton Sweatt (Ben); great granddaughter to be Emerson Rose Sweatt, age 17 weeks, Hanna Ferrier who adopted Rachel as her grandmother; daughter in law and son in law, Tami and Danny Norris; several nieces, nephews and over 60 persons who may not even know her but somehow recall that they were loved on by a foster Mother when they were little.

Flowers will be accepted, but Rachel would be pleased for you to make a contribution to your church or your favorite charity.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.

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Linda & William Clore 2019-06-15 12:46:28
Aww Rachel! You will be missed. Your bubbly personality touched so many but your heart and the love you gave to all the babies you fostered is a living legacy. No one had a bigger heart than you and I admired you so much. I can only imagine the reception you had when you stepped through the gate! Love you .
Judy Jackson 2019-06-15 13:08:53
Dear Jerry and Ruth and family, I am devastated to hear about Rachel. I have loved her like a sister all my life. I'm remembering our good times together growing up, and singing together with fond memories. She was a wonderful person and it was a honor to have known her. I'm sorry I won't be able to be there, because I'm flying to St Louis tomorrow. (Sunday) Just want you to know I love you and will be praying for you.
Mike Barrett 2019-06-15 13:43:24
Jerry and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless.
Roberta Duncan 2019-06-15 14:43:41
Dear Jerry and family, We are very saddened to learn of Rachel's passing. We so enjoyed visiting with you both at our Lula Connection for all of those many years past. Though distance separates us just want you to know love and prayers travel through time and space. Asking God to grant you peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead . Roberta and Quinnion Duncan
Sharon and Marty Smallwood 2019-06-15 15:09:37
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Rachel always had a smile when you saw her. I enjoyed the few times we were together. Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to attend the services. I am in South Carolina helping my daughter. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God will comfort each of you. Sharon and Marty Smallwood
Ann Hoopaugh 2019-06-15 16:06:48
Condolences to your family, Rachel was a wonderful woman with a heart for God. May he comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Denise Gazaway 2019-06-15 19:06:42
Damita I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.
Wendy Lee 2019-06-15 19:53:38
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rachel was a wonderful lady and I loved seeing her come in my bakery. She will be missed.
Randall 2019-06-15 23:14:55
Damita I’m so sorry for your loss. Rachel was a very sweet and kind person.. love you always.. Randall
Kim Harrison Wentrcek 2019-06-15 23:52:06
I am grateful for so many memories of all the family gatherings in her basement. She has always been a wonderful, loving, giving and most importantly a godly woman. You have been so good to my dad and I know what a great hole that is left in so many hearts. I thank God for the honor of calling you my aunt! I love and will miss you!
Joy Autry 2019-06-16 16:35:28
To Jerry Pless and Family, My sincere condolence to you in your loss of Rachel. She was a sweet, very caring person. Rachel always had a wonderful smile on her face. She and I had many good conversations over the years. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are for you and the family during this time.
JOYCE WILSON SMITH 2019-06-16 19:40:51
Jerry I am so shocked to see your sweet wife has lefted us all to heart breaks for all the family just know that i loved you and her.just talked to her at krogers and she look so sweet as always.may god bless all of you.
Belinda Dills 2019-06-16 22:30:43
What a sweet lady.She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I will always remember how she treated my daughter like one of her own grandkids when she went to her house to play with Olivia. My thoughts and prayers will be with the whole family.
Juli Kilpatrick 2019-06-17 10:00:29
Rachel you will be missed! Prayers for strength and comfort for the whole family.
Betty Lewallen 2019-06-17 15:47:01
My heart is broken ,Loved Rachel ,she was a dear dear friend ,condolences to the whole family.
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